Capitol Hill Community

03/13/2017 - 10:12am
“That’s me!” yelped Officer David Naples. The occasion was the 18th Annual Police Valentine Tribute. They and other police officers at the First District Sub-station in SE were hooting and laughing at hearing their names in a song in their honor. The tribute is a favorite tradition of 1D1 officers. Each February, members of Capitol Hill United Methodist Church and Ebenezer United Methodist Church join with other community leaders to thank their neighborhood police for... >>more
03/10/2017 - 11:12am
Peering out of the fifth-floor window of Potomac Gardens Family, Building 700, Aquarius Vann-Ghasri takes in the neighborhood she has called her home for more than 20 years. She sits at a cafe-style table positioned under a window without shades. Shades attract bugs and rodents, she said. The glass remains closed despite the palpably warm temperature in her apartment. She used to open the windows to keep fresh, dust-free air circulating, but her doctor told her that now that she has turned 60,... >>more
03/07/2017 - 11:12am
Spring is nearly upon us, trees are budding, shoots are poking their heads up, and local gardeners are already hearing the siren song of soil and seeds. Whether your thumb is green or decidedly brown, the warmer weather’s a great excuse to get out and explore the neighborhood. Whole Foods Sets Up Shop The long-awaited Whole Foods Market (600 H St. NE, will welcome its first customers on March 15. The 40,000 square-foot store will offer much of interest to local... >>more
03/07/2017 - 10:10am
The road to the integrated school system that exists today in the District of Columbia has its roots at the beginning of the 19th century when, in 1804, an Act of Congress established a permanent institution for the education of the youth of the city of Washington.  The Act did not include African American children, but its passage served as the impetus for the establishment African American “schools” starting around 1807, many of which were located in African American churches... >>more
03/06/2017 - 11:12am
On Feb. 18 my wife and I attended a wonderful concert by Chiarina at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. “Voyages in Song” featured voice and piano, cello and piano, and all three together. Soprano Laura Strickling, cellist Carrie Bean Stute, and pianist Efi Hackmey performed works by Robert and Clara Schumann, Frederic Chopin, and Andre Previn. The concert was well attended and amazingly affordable. The regular price of a ticket for the concert was only $15 through Eventbrite. Wine... >>more
03/06/2017 - 10:12am
There is a commonly quoted ancient curse that may or may not be Chinese (or Scottish?) and may or may not be ancient. “May you live in interesting times,” it warns. I’m not sure which one of us opened this particular fortune cookie, but the times we are living now are certainly among the most interesting I can recall. Many of us here on the Hill, and from the view from my Facebook page many on planet Earth, are experiencing interesting times. While the majority of my neighbors... >>more
03/05/2017 - 11:12am
Karen Voellm has been in my life for almost four decades. She was one of the first people I met when I moved to Capitol Hill. We became friends and stayed friends. Just 10 days before her death we were talking about how my dog Marcello and I were going to visit her and her beloved companion, Scooter, in upstate New York in the spring. Our dogs were best of friends.  Karen died February 16 at her home in Poestenkill, New York after a long illness. Karen moved back to her place of birth in... >>more
02/15/2017 - 11:12am
Capitol Riverfront BID The Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (BID) held its Annual Meeting Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 12, at Nationals Park to celebrate our ninth year of BID activities and the accomplishments of our Clean Team and public and private partners. Over 250 attendees heard a summary of the BID’s activities over the past year, including new development that is occurring in all four market segments. It was also noted that the civic side of the neighborhood is... >>more
02/15/2017 - 10:10am
Even in the midst of winter there’s plenty to see and do in the neighborhood. Our neighbor to the north, Ivy City, is experiencing a revival of its own with new businesses opening on a frequent basis. Allow me to make a few suggestions of places to visit. Pidzza Serves Pizza with a Turkish Twist Pidzza (, 2000 Hecht Ave. NE), a fast-casual restaurant serving "gourmet pizza with a Turkish flair," opened its doors last month in Ivy City. The name Pidzza comes... >>more